Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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Friday, 19 August 2011

Friday Flowers

Odontites verna

Flowering between June and September, Red Bartsia is a parasitic plant living partially off grass roots. It grows 15-40 cm high. (6" to 16")

A much overlooked plant, Red Bartsia has a dusty, careworn appearance, due to its dense covering of fine hairs.
It's a straggly, downy plant with narrow, toothed leaves that sit opposite each other along the stems. All the flowers on one stem face in the same direction.

It is a common plant of roadside verges, railway cuttings, waste grounds and other disturbed ground.

A short post today.

Enjoy the upcoming weekend, whatever you are doing.



  1. good luck with today......it will be like been born again...........when the hangover dissipates!
    A grand plant I'll keep an eye open.

  2. Thanks Adrian. Yea, I'm hoping they let us get out of there earlier today. A few beverages ready and waiting ;-)

    Thank you Bob. Hope you've got some sunshine there today. It's lovely here this morning.

  3. Not seen (or more like noticed!) this one before Keith, well spotted. [;o)

  4. Cheers Trevor.
    It's easy to miss this one.

  5. Someone needs to point out the overlooked plants. Lucky for them, that's you,

  6. Lucky for them and us, that is!

  7. Thanks Hilary.
    There are lots of plants, insects and birds that get overlooked unfortunately.
    Maybe I could do a series, now I've got more time on my hands :-)

  8. ITS a beauty..Hope this is a great day for you...I know its the end of one chapter, but the beginning of another!! Enjoy the party today!! Hope you take pictures!

  9. lovely photos...

    is today your last day at work? the days are all running together for me so i can't remember if it was this week or last...

  10. I think Hilary makes a good point! Who's looking at for the overlooked?
    Glad you are!

  11. HI Keith...pretty little plant,but it is not as hairy as hairy..lol
    I have seen many tiny flower that are darling little things,but don't have the camera equipment to get them!!
    Easy on the beverages ...you don't want tomorrow to start of feeling miserable!! ; }}

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  13. Very pretty, Keith. Wishing you well as you move into a new phase of your life. Your blog followers may be the beneficiaries of the extra time you'll have on your hands while in between jobs. Jim will enjoy having you around a bit more, too.

  14. Thanks Sondra.
    They let us finish early today. A day of mixed feelings, I'll miss some of the people, not all, and certainly not the job lol

    Thanks Theresa. Yea, today's the day. All done now. Time to enjoy things while I still can lol

    Thanks Reena. I think I may do some more of the 'underdog' things. :-)

    Thank you Grace. Yea, I must make the drink last a bit longer now :-)

    Linda, thank you.
    I'll certainly have more time to go round my local lake now; and maybe further afield.

  15. Good luck in the future Keith. I am sure your followers will gain with the extra time on your hands. After a while you will wonder how you ever found the time to go to work.

  16. Thank you Trevor.
    I think a holiday first, then see what happens :-)

  17. Lovely images of a beautiful little flower.

  18. Thanks Andrew. It's easy to overlook these.

  19. A short post perhaps, but, as always the same gentle beauty flows from your page.

  20. Thank you Gemel, glad you enjoyed it.

  21. I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves roadside wildflowers (weeds?). Your pictures are better though ;>)

  22. Thanks Sallie. I prefer wildflowers/weeds to the cultivated ones from shops. :-)